Report: Holtmann front-runner for Ohio State head coaching position

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NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 25: Head coach Chris Holtmann of the Butler Bulldogs questions a call during the second half against the Seton Hall Pirates in an NCAA college basketball game at Prudential Center on January 25, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey. Butler defeated Seton Hall 61-54. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – With a vacant Ohio State head coaching job, reports have been surfacing all week long that Butler head coach Chris Holtmann is a front-runner for the Buckeye job.

Thursday evening CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein reported that, “Ohio State has zeroed in on Butler’s Chris Holtmann, per a source. Deal could be done as early as Friday.”

Our partners at the IndyStar have confirmed the report as well.

The interest from the Big Ten school comes after Holtmann led the Bulldogs to one of the most successful seasons in program history, as the team advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2011. It was the third consecutive season Butler made the tournament under Holtmann.

Holtmann agreed to a contract extension with Butler in April that runs through 2024-2025.